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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Adoption: A New Move of the Spirit


Last week, my friend Josh Pinnick gave me a call; in part of the conversation, Josh gave me the exciting news that he and his wife Amanda are in the process of trying to adopt two children.

More and more of my Christian friends have been involved in expanding their families through adoption.

I believe that this is due to a special move of the Holy Spirit, working through a somewhat new development in the history of Christian doctrine and practice.

Christian doctrine properly develops as the Church seeks to apply Scripture to particular problems. Wrestling with these problems (whatever they may be) causes the Church to search through and apply Scriptures that may have otherwise been overlooked or inadequately reflected upon. So, for example, the Bible passages that are pertinent the fact that the right relationship of sinners to God is dependent upon adoption-- passages such as Eph 1:3-5; 2:11; 2:19; Gal 3:28-29, etc.-- have always been in Scripture since the close of the New Testament canon, but the doctrine of adoption has not been properly emphasized throughout much of Church History.

Partly because the doctrine of adoption has been somewhat underemphasized or underdeveloped in the Church, the practice of adoption has been neglected. The Church has always cared for orphans and widows-- the practice of caring for the most vulnerable members of society is the very essence of true religion that will be accepted by God, as taught in James 1:27-- but sometimes church members have sought to keep such care at an arm's length. For example: in past generations Christian ministers, congregations, and denominations have been at the forefront of caring for orphans through establishing orphanages [note the works of George Whitefield and George Mueller]-- and this is a great thing-- but sometimes financial contribution to an orphanage can serve as a substitute for taking personal responsibility to raise up a child in a Christian family.

For anyone who wishes to think further on the subject of adoption, I highly recommend Adopted for Life by Dr. Russell Moore; the teaching in this book was one of the main contributing factors in motivating the Pinnicks' decision to adopt. Some selections from this book can be read from following the links HERE.

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Notes from Proverbs 12:1-3

[Last night I had the privilege of leading the Bible study at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. Here are my notes from the lesson.]



            Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
                        but he who hates reproof is stupid.
            A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
                        but a man of evil devices he condemns.
            No one is established by wickedness,
                        but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
(Proverbs 12:1-3 ESV)

Initial Notes:

Verse 1. xref. Jude 10; Prov 5:11-14; 7:6-9; 21-23, re: the son who does not heed discipline, but whose life is destroyed by an adulterous woman.

Verse 2a. Pleasing the LORD: xref. Matt 19:17;
[B]elievers are accepted through Christ as individual souls, their good works are also accepted through Christ. It is not as though the believers are (in this life) wholly unblameable and unreprovable in God's sight, but because He looks upon them in His Son, and is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although it is accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections. (2LBC 16:6)

Verse 2b. God condemns a person who makes evil plans.

Verse 3. xref. Psa 1; Matt 7:24-28.

Outline:

I.      Introduction
A.   These verses introduce a chapter that is once again focused on words and deeds: the clearest reflections of the heart.
B.    These verses once again show humanity divided into two categories:
1.     The Good: established by God, obtaining favor from the LORD, loving discipline and knowledge.
2.     The Wicked: plotting evil. hating reproof, without any sure foundation, and under God’s condemnation.
II.    Verse 1
A.   Discipline: instruction; correction (illus. a trainer in a gym)
B.    Knowledge: basic intelligence, contrasted with stupidity, a good in itself
C.    Stupid: unreasoning, brutish (Jude 10)
D.   Example:
1.     Prov 5:11-14
2.     Prov 7:6-9; 21-23
III.  Verse 2
A.   Verse 2b, Explanation
B.    Verse 2a,
1.     Only One Good (Matt 19:17)
2.     In Christ, we are called to good deeds (Eph 2:10).
3.     2LBC 16:6
C.    Application: we must plan out our lives in a way that is pleasing to the LORD.
IV. Verse 3
A.   Psa 1
B.    Matt 7:24-28
V.   Conclusion: Heed the Word


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